LINCOLN — The same old deficiency hampered Nebraska’s football team again Saturday.
The Huskers couldn’t defend against forward passes, so they took a 27-15 whipping from UCLA’s Bruins.
Thirty-six thousand homecoming fans saw the game end in a series of fights, when several opposing players lost their tempers.
Coach Potsy Clark’s team scored all of its points in a wild fourth quarter, after lacking a scoring punch earlier.
At the last minute, Coach Clark decided not to risk further injury to his two standout players, Tom Novak and Cletus Fischer, so both of them watched the game in street clothes.
Three of the UCLA touchdowns were scored on forward passes. This made 16 touchdowns against the Huskers this year through the air.
Nebraska outdowned and outyarded the visitors, and had an edge in just about everything except the only thing which counts-points.
The Huskers were up against a fine passer in Ray Nagel and excellent receivers in Don Hunt, Bill Clements and Willis Duffy.
Duffy broke the scoring ice in the second period, taking a pitch from Nagel on a play which started on the Husker five-yard line.
End Ralph Damkroger got one hand on Nagel before he could throw but the Bruin ran far over to his right and waited until he saw Duffy in the open in a corner of the end zone.
That was the only scoring in the first half.
A fumble by Sophomore Gerry Ferguson on the second play after the intermission gave the enemy another opening.
Tackle George Pastre recovered, 34 yards from the Husker goal, and six plays later the Bruins cashed in.
This one was a fourth-down pass, from the 26-yard line. Hunt made a sparkling catch right in front of Ferguson and fell over the goal line.
Just to show their contempt for the Husker pass defense, the Burins made it 14-0 on a pass for the extra point.
The play was from the 17-yard line, after UCLA had been guilty of holding on the extra-point play.
The rest of the scoring came in the final 15 minutes of play.
Another Ferguson fumble on the first play of the last period was recovered for UCLA by Darrell Riggs on the Husker 31.
Nagel calmly pitched to Howard Hansen for a first down on the five, then Duffy ran end for his second marker.
The Huskers picked up two points on a safety, after losing the ball on downs on the one-yard line.
Nagel passed instead of punting, and the ball was grounded in the end zone. That made it 21-2.
A few minutes later the Bruins had their fourth touchdown. This one was a 48-yard scoring play.
Clements got into the clear, took an archer from Nagel, and merrily jogged into the end zone.
Dick Hutton, the Auburn speedster, had his best day of the season to spark the Huskers.
He teamed with Kenny Fischer for a 56-yard scoring pass. Dick made the catch near the scrimmage line, raced toward the west sideline, and then cut back sharply.
He feinted the Bruin defenders out of position, then ran away from them in a beautiful sprint.
The same maneuver worked again a few minutes later. Again Hutton took Kenny’s throw near midfield, and ran through the opposition.
But this time Dick was forced out of bounds on the three-yard line. After three incomplete passes, the Huskers pulled a nifty play for their second touchdown.
Bill Mueller took a lateral from Kenny Fischer, and threw a forward pass into the end zone. Bob Schneider made the catch just as the gun sounded ending the game.
So Nebraska now has lost five straight since edging Iowa State in the opener.
The Huskers should break their losing streak against Kansas State at Lincoln next Saturday but beyond that looms nothing but trouble against Oklahoma, Missouri and Oregon State.
Nebraska is 7-6 all-time against UCLA.
|Iowa State||Sept. 25|
|Notre Dame||Oct. 16|
|Kansas State||Nov. 6|
|Oregon State||Nov. 27|
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